Jay McMahon

McMahon developing systems for future Mars missions

April 24, 2019

Jay McMahon has earned a NASA early career fellowship to help ensure future missions to Mars can land safely. McMahon, an assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, has received a three year, $600,000 NASA Space Technology Research...

Earth from space.

CubeSats prove their worth for scientific missions

April 17, 2019

Only a few years ago, the astronomy and heliophysics communities were skeptical about whether CubeSats could reliably obtain scientific data. But these breadloaf-size satellites have proven their ability to return useful data. During the American Physical Society's April Meeting 2019, being held April 13-16, in Denver, Colorado, Christopher S. Moore,...

Lightning strikes the Earth viewed from space.

Mapping the energy of lightning in space

April 12, 2019

A lightning strike releases an incredible amount of energy, most of it felt on Earth’s surface, but some of that energy travels up, far above the clouds and into space, and a new satellite is being designed by the University of Colorado Boulder to map the phenomenon. Professor Bob Marshall has received a four-year, $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to develop...

The asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx spies on the weird, wild gravity of an asteroid

March 19, 2019

Research led by CU Boulder is revealing the Alice in Wonderland- like physics that govern gravity near the surface of the asteroid Bennu. The new findings are part of a suite of papers published today by the team behind NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission. And...

Tomoko Matsuo

Matsuo awarded prestigious NSF CAREER award

March 14, 2019

Assistant Professor Tomoko Matsuo has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for her work on the predictability of the atmosphere from the ground to near-Earth space. These prestigious awards support early career faculty who have the potential to become leaders in research and education in their fields...

CU Boulder campus.

Smead Aerospace graduate program #6 nationally among public universities

March 12, 2019

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder remains a powerhouse institution for graduate engineering education, ranking No. 17 in the nation among public universities and No. 31 overall, according to data released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report . Three engineering degree programs...

An aurora.

Solar wind fills research sails at space weather center

Feb. 19, 2019

Researchers at CU Boulder are starting work on a new collaborative grant from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will improve solar wind modeling. The team at CU is led by the Space Weather Technology, Research and Education Center with contributions from Stanford University, Lockheed Martin...


Podcast: Orbiting the tiny asteroid Bennu with OSIRIS-REx

Feb. 18, 2019

The Space Shot podcast interviews Distinguished Professor Dan Scheeres about the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. Scheeres is leading radio science on the mission. OSIRIS-REx launched in September 2016 and has traveled more than one billion miles since, looping around the sun and now in orbit around Bennu. Listen on...

Visualization of Earth's magnetic field.

CU researchers working to reduce cost of studying magnetic field

Feb. 14, 2019

The Earth’s magnetic field is constantly changing, so researchers need constantly updated data to revise the models that guide our navigation systems and help predict weather on Earth. CU researchers Bob Marshall and Svenja Knappe are collaborating to bring down the cost of this process through the use of small...

Penina Axelrad

Professor Axelrad inducted into National Academy of Engineers

Feb. 7, 2019

The National Academy of Engineering has elected Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences professor Penina Axelrad and alumnus Dereje Agonafer (AeroEngr ’72) as new members in 2019. Election to the prestigious academy is among the highest professional distinctions bestowed upon an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made...